The TRACEs (Trauma, Resilience, and Adverse Childhood Experiences) project is a community-wide initiative with the goal of dramatically improving the health and well-being of our community by addressing the issue of trauma, childhood trauma, and toxic stress, problems that we believe lie at the root of our region’s most complex health issues.

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United Way is serving as the backbone organization for the TRACEs initiative; guiding vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities, promoting shared measurement, building public will, advancing policy and mobilizing funding, as well as providing financial management for the project. United Way has committed to a leadership role in moving the project forward and ultimately to its fruition and sustainability. United Way is actively pursuing grant support and other funding for this program this year and in future years.

We have adopted reducing childhood trauma, also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and building resilience as our top priorities.Childhood trauma leads to physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. Resilience means having the skills, perspectives, relationships, and support to manage hardships, cope with stress, and bounce back. Some funds raised in this year’s campaign will be directed towards this social change work. By focusing on trauma and resilience, United Way is addressing root causes of challenges in education, health, and financial stability that face our community.

To find out more about this initiative and how you can get involved, check out the

TRACEs Central Oregon website.